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The Impact of Coronavirus on Mental Health

and Substance Use, October 8, 2020 

Moderators: Keren Gonen, Nicole Willner, Geoffrey Green


Marilina Rufino, PhD, Clinical Psychologist

Discussion: The impact of coronavirus on children and families. 

Robert Cubby, NAMI Sussex Board of Trustees, Facilitator PTS (Post-Traumatic Stress) Connection Support Group

Discussion: The importance of trying to maintain a support group during this very difficult time, and the challenges they are facing to keep the group going. Impact of inability to do Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) until classes can be held in person.


Laura Guancionel, Co-Chair of Sussex County LACADA.She is a substance-use treatment counselor and has experience with mental health services.​

Discussion:  Impact of coronavirus on substance use; any stats available on increase since COVID?

What Does Recovery Look Like for both Mental Illness and Substance Use, October 15, 2020 

Moderators: Keren Gonen, Nicole Willner, Geoffrey Green, Tiffany Megna


Daniel McQuade, Artist, sculptor, photographer, advocate for mental health awareness.

Discussion: Daniel shares his recovery process, and his upcoming sculpture project, Under the Skin - A Raw Look at Mental Illness.

Katie Calvacca, Recovery Supports Coordinator, The Center for Prevention & Counseling,

Discussion: Katie shares her personal story and experiences in discussing recovery from addiction.

Mark Sasvary, LCSW, CBHS IPA, Chief Clinical Officer. Mr. Sasvary received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from SUNY Albany in 2007
and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from SUNY Albany. His dissertation research is focused on evidence-based treatment in community mental health and he has advanced training in evidence-based clinical treatment from the Albert Ellis Institute, the Beck Institute, the Institute for Disaster Mental Health, the International OCD Foundation, and the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Sasvary worked at HVMH for almost 10 years where he worked as a clinician, Director of Quality Assurance, Director of Clinical Services, and Interim President.

 How to live with a loved one who has a mental illness or addiction, October 22, 2020 

Ending the Silence. Let's talk about suicide, October 29, 2020.

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